Posts Tagged ‘research’

Deep Neural Networks Could Help Discover Unique Particles Like Higgs Boson


Derrick Harris of GigaOM reports, “Researchers from the University of California, Irvine, have published a paper demonstrating the effectiveness of deep learning in helping discover exotic particles such as Higgs bosons and supersymmetric particles. The research, which was published in Nature Communications, found that modern approaches to deep neural networks might be significantly more accurate than the types of machine learning scientists traditionally use for particle discovery and might also save scientists a lot of work. To get a sense of how challenging particle discovery is, consider that a collider can produce 100 billion collisions per hour and only about 300 will produce a Higgs boson. Because the particles decay almost immediately, scientists can’t expressly identify them, but instead must analyze (and sometimes infer) the products of their decay.” Read more

Detecting Pneumonia in ICU Patients with Natural Language Processing

76765412_618a458105Greg Goth of Health Data Management reports, “Researchers at the University of Washington and Microsoft have developed technology that uses natural language processing and machine learning to speed up the diagnosis of pneumonia in ICU patients. Bioinformatics professor Meliha Yetisgen and her colleagues at the university teamed up with Microsoft researcher Lucy Vanderwende on the project, called deCIPHER, using the Microsoft Research Statistical Parsing and Linguistic Analysis Toolkit (Splat).” Read more

Looking for Signs of Depression on Twitter with Natural Language Processing


Elizabeth Harrington of Free Beacon reports, “The federal government is studying how to use Twitter for surveillance on depressed people. The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) began a study financed by the National Institutes of Health last month that will provide ‘population level depression monitoring’ through the social media site. The project, ‘Utilizing Social Media as a Resource for Mental Health Surveillance,’ is costing taxpayers $82,800.” Read more

Semantic Web Job: Fully Funded PhD Positions at University of Southampton

University of Southampton Three fully-funded PhD Studentships are being offered at The Web and Internet Science (WAIS) Research Group at the University of Southampton. They are scheduled to begin in October 2013. The posting states, “The PhD Studentships will be aligned with the EPSRC-funded collaborative interdisciplinary project SOCIAM: The Theory and Practice of Social Machines ( The Project’s core objective is to establish the research, methods, tools, networks and collaborations to allow us to understand social machines (computational entities governed by both computational and social processes) in order that they can be designed and deployed by the full range of potential beneficiaries. The work of the Project is highly integrative and students will be expected to take a holistic approach to their studies.”

The successful candidate is likely to have “A 1st or high 2:1 degree in a relevant discipline and/or upper second degree with a related Masters [and] experience and an interest in multi- and interdisciplinary research.”

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Google Awards $1.2M in Natural Language Research Grants

Alex Armstrong of I Programmer reports, “Google has awarded over $1.2 million to support research in several areas of natural language understanding that relate to Google’s concept of the Knowledge Graph. Google has been investing heavily in machine learning and deep neural networks to improve web search. Supporting natural language understanding is also motivated by the need to further search technology. In the announcement of the awards Google Research Blog explains how natural language processing is integral to its Knowledge Graph technology that represents a shift ‘from strings to things’.” Read more

Fujitsu Looks to Ireland for the Future of Linked Data, Semantic Web

Carmel Doyle of Silicon Republic reports, “Fujitsu Laboratories is set to engage in a series of collaborative Irish research projects over the next three years to test technologies in order to steer the ICT company’s future strategy. Fujitsu Ireland CEO Regina Moran said collaborative R&D has the scope to deliver a seven-fold return on an initial investment. Moran was speaking at an innovation conference organised by Fujitsu that kicked off in Croke Park in Dublin this morning. Industry strategists and academics are convening at the one-day event to thrash out ideas on ways of maximising R&D collaboration in order to translate research activity into commercial outputs.” Read more

Fujitsu, DERI Set to Unveil Details of Linked Data Interface

Carmel Doyle of Silicon Republic recently covered some exciting developments that have arisen from the recent collaboration between Fujitsu Labs and DERI: “This week, Fujitsu is presenting the first results from its research collaboration with DERI at the XBRL26 conference taking place in Dublin. Speaking this afternoon, Fujitsu Ireland’s head of research Anthony McCauley said the team has been pioneering an interface that sits on linked data. ‘We’ve been looking at that not just from a research perspective but also in terms of the real commercial opportunities that linked data can provide,’ he said.”

Doyle continues, “The big challenge at the moment for data miners is that data sets are dispersed in different locations. Read more

Research Data Alliance Sees Semantics As Key To Helping Research Communities Get The Most From Their Data

The Research Data Alliance (RDA) was recently formed with the goal of accelerating international data-driven innovation and discovery. It aims to get there by facilitating the sharing and exchange of research data, its use and re-use, standards harmonization, and discoverability.

Funded by The Australian Commonwealth Government through the Australian National Data Service, the European Commission through the iCordi project under the 7th Framework Program, and the U.S. through the RDA/US activity supported by the National Science Foundation, it began its work last August when it established an international steering group with these funds. In March, it held its first plenary meeting and had its official launch.

Dr. Francine Berman, Professor of Computer Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is Chair of the Research Data Alliance/U.S. The Semantic Web Blog recently conducted a  Q&A with her to learn more about RDA plans:

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Indiana University Professor Earns NSF CAREER Award for Computer Vision Research

A new release out of Indiana University reports, “Two researchers at Indiana University Bloomington’s School of Informatics and Computing have each been awarded the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious award in support of early career development. Assistant professors Apu Kapadia and David Crandall have each received NSF’s Faculty Early Career Development Program award designed to assist early stage scientists in building a firm foundation for a lifetime of integrated contributions to research and education. In receiving NSF’s CAREER Award, the two researcher-teachers are recognized for their work to ‘most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of Indiana University’.” Read more

Facilitating Digital Research with Bamboo DiRT

Seth Denbo, program coordinator of Project Bamboo recently discussed the goals of the project. He writes, “There is no lack of digitized cultural content available on the Web. This ever increasing bounty creates problems of discovery, management, and use of both content and metadata. Alongside the proliferation of content there’s a related burgeoning of tools for performing these tasks. A scholar faced with finding, curating, exploring and analyzing a collection needs reliable information about these tools and their use.” Read more